Report from Havana, November 4, 2015
Havana, Cuba - The Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP, represented by Comandante Iv?n M?rquez, who read a poem dedicated to the late Comandante Alfonso Cano before reading today's communiqu?, made an appeal to the National Government to use common sense in order to meet the stipulations of the General Agreement and the rest of the agreements, but also what logic and natural reason teach us is necessary to move this peace process forward, as a gateway to reconciliation of Colombian society.
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The guerrilla group warned that without a truce in place, they would continue their operations.
Colombia's rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN) have called on President Juan Manuel Santos to accept a bilateral cease-fire within the context of peace talks with them, officials said late Sunday.
July 18th 2013: FARC considers "out of place" intention to close UN office in Colombia
The delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), present in Havana, said that it is "out of place" to consider the possibility of closing the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Organization United Nations in Colombia.
"After the events in Catatumbo (northeast), the proposal Santos made to close the UN office is out of place," wrote the delegation in their Twitter account.
Spokesmen of the movement criticized the statements made by President Santos on Tuesday that his country doesn?t need human rights offices of the United Nations anymore.
?Colombia has advanced far enough to say we don?t need human rights offices of the United Nations in our country anymore" said the president.
In response to this approach, members of the FARC referred to peasant protests that began in the Catatumbo region, 37 days ago, and have resulted in clashes between protesters and security forces, with four dead and dozens of injured peasants.
"To ask the UN office to leave, is to ignore the reality of Colombia", added the FARC, as quoted by the news agency EFE.
The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN condemned the police response in Catatumbo and considered that there was excessive use of force, while the government described such statements as "irresponsible and reckless" when the Attorney has not yet clarified how these deaths occurred.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, is visiting Colombia this week and will meet Santos and other officials, so it is expected that there will be more information about the Colombian government's decision on the future of the country?s office.
The rejection of statements by Santos had more reactions from NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Somos Defensores.
Somos Defensores, comprising 99 platforms on peace and human rights, expressed concern in a statement, noting that "there is no reason to fear the UN presence in Colombia", wishing the mandate of that office to be "renewed fully and for as long as necessary".
For his part, the director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch, Jos? Miguel Vivanco, said Santos should take into account the possible consequences of this decision.